The writer to the Hebrews draws out the similarities between the Old Testament sin offering whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place for atonement (and whose carcasses were burned outside the camp) and Jesus, whose death took place outside the earthly Jerusalem and atoned for the sin of His people. We see that the sin offering was a shadow, pointing to Christ, and indicating that the people were to separate themselves from:

  • Sin
  • The world
  • When Christ, the reality came, from the Old Testament sacrificial system which would then be obsolete and effectively worldly

We too are challenged to forsake sin, and the world which is passing away, and to become a Holy people, living for the permanent and glorious realities to come and not for the temporary and false things of this world which are destined to be destroyed.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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